Friday, May 1, 2015

Colorblock Fruit Juice Popsicles

So far this week we have seen Madeline's bathroom and bedroom, made fun tissue paper art, and decorated a plain Ikea dresser with pink glitter chevrons. Today however, I am going to show you a twist on one of Madeline's favorite things. The popsicle. That girl loves her some popsicles. You may remember the Easter egg popsicles I made for her when she was little. Well, today I am going to show you how to make super cute colorblocked pops. These would be great for a party, after school snack, or really just about any time since they are just juice.

The first thing you will need is several different colors of fruit and veggie juice. I made my own with what I had on hand, but you could easily just purchase some at the store.

Here we have blood orange juice, watermelon juice, strawberry juice, carrot juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice.

Next you will fill your popsicle mold abut 1/3 of the way full with one of the types of juices. I alternated the order of the juices that I used so that they would each look different. Pop your mold in the freezer using something to prop the mold at an angle.

Once frozen (about 1-2 hours), you should have something a little like this:

Next you will add the next juice so that the popsicle molds are appx. 2/3 full. Freeze them on the opposite angle to start to create your colorblock look.After about an hour in the freezer, you will want to add your popsicle sticks. After the second layer is frozen, go ahead and add your final juice and fill to the top of the mold. Freeze another 2-3 hours and you are ready to unmold your pops and enjoy.

Now go make some this weekend, enjoy the beautiful weather, and smile to yourself that you got your kids to eat their fruits and veggies without a fuss. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ikea Hack - Glitter Chevron Malm Dresser

As I promised yesterday, today I am showing you the simple little ikea hack we did to Madeline's Malm dresser. I think she felt left out after seeing the cute O'verlays I put on Parker's dresser, and told me one day, "I am going to go decorate my dresser now", while toting a bag of markers. So, I told her to put her markers down and we would think of something fun to do to her dresser. What we ended up doing was using pink glitter chevron wall decals (originally from Target but picked up on super sale at Goodwill) to decorate the drawers of her dresser.

The process was fairly simple. I just measured the dresser drawers and cut the decals to size (I had to overlap a few as they weren't long enough to go all the way across) and then stuck them to the dresser. I made sure to wrap the decals around the sides of the dresser drawer to give it a nice clean look.

And that was literally all it was. Now she as a dresser that is decorated and really, what 5 year old doesn't love pink glitter chevrons? 

P.S. The cherry blossom branch is also from Ikea. The one thing she said she wanted when we moved to this house was to put "roses" on her wall. I found this branch one day at Ikea, and she was happy to have these instead.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gallery Wall Wednesday - Madeline's Pink Polka Dot Room

Since this week is all about my daughter Madeline, today's Gallery Wall Wednesday feature is her pink polka dot bedroom wall. As I mentioned in this post about her bathroom, her bedroom was also painted a pepto pink color when we moved in. After redecorating her bathroom, I convinced her to let me paint at least one wall of her bedroom white and add pink vinyl polka dots to it to match her bathroom. She was game, and so the decorating began.

I purchased her bed from ikea (I had my heart set on a white wood daybed from West Elm, but didn't want to pay the hefty price tag for a kid bed), and spray painted it gold. Her walls went ultra pure white by Valspar in eggshell finish, and the dark pink polka dot vinyl decals got placed sporadically around the wall.
For the gallery wall, I started things off with an Ikea Ung Drill picture frame that I spray painted white. I used chalkboard spray paint on the clear glass portion of the frame to make a cute little message center right above the bed. I also glued some paper butterflies to the frame to add to the whimsy. You can also see in this photo that I added some felt flowers that I picked up in the Target Dollar Spot for a little 3D effect.
 Next, using a combination of store bought frames and spray painted thrift store frames, I added several pieces of art around the center chalkboard.
As with all my gallery walls, I like to mix ready made art with diy pieces to give the wall a personal touch. Madeline's wall is no exception. Above you can see a cat picture that my sister embellished for Madeline with glasses and a word bubble spouting "Meowdaline". You can also see the tissue paper party art I showed you yesterday.
On the other side of the wall, we have the cross stitch that my mother-in-law made for her after she was born, and the framed picture of Elsa that my daughter colored. I especially think it is great to feature kids art in the their rooms. It gives them a feeling of pride to see their work framed and displayed.
The last little touch to this wall are the tissue paper pom poms I made. These were in her room at our old house, but I had to put them back up here because they are one of my favorite things. I love these colorful bursts!
That concludes Madeline's gallery wall. Check back tomorrow for a tutorial on how Madeline and I decorated her plain white Ikea Malm dresser.


Monday, April 27, 2015

DIY Art - Tissue Paper Party

To continue in the week of Madeline, today I wanted to show you the piece of art work we created for the gallery wall in her room (which you will see tomorrow!).

The supplies you will need to make your own super awesome tissue paper art piece are:

*Tissue paper in your chosen color scheme (I used some from the Handmade Modern line at Target)
*Gold Foil Letters (again from Target and their dollar spot)
*A canvas in any size you wish
*Glue, Modge Podge, or any decoupage medium

First you will need to fold up your tissue paper until it is about 3" wide.

Next, cut the sides of the tissue paper folds to create several 3" long strips. Then, either using scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, cut appx. 1/2" wide strips of tissue.

When finished you will have a pile of awesomeness that kids can't seem to stay away from. Otherwise known as tissue paper strip confetti.

Now take your canvas and coat that thing fairly liberally with glue or decoupage medium and sprinkle the tissue over it making sure that all the white spaces of the canvas are covered. I went back and glued more strips in sparse areas to make sure the canvas was nice and covered. 

Once dry, cut the edges of the tissue off to ensure a clean, crisp edge and adhere your stickers in the phrase of your choice (we choose the lyrics to one of Madeline's favorite songs). Then display promptly and gaze lovingly at your fun tissue paper party art. And don't forget to check back tomorrow to see the gallery wall that this bad boy ended up on!

Madeline's Bathroom - Before and After

It turns out that not much was accomplished this weekend in terms of house changes. Unless the kids making it super messy counts. But, I was able to complete several new DIY projects that I will be showing you in the next few weeks. As far as house decorating and renovating goes however, nada. I did decide that I will dedicate this week of posts to my daughter Madeline and the spaces, art, furniture hacks, gallery wall, and fun things she likes.
To start off the week, her bathroom. When we moved in, this tiny little vanity area (and the attached bedroom) was an ugly shade of pink. I hated it, but Madeline loved it, and chose this to be her space solely based on the pink. Well, I let her have it for a couple of months, then slowly started to suggest she let me change her bathroom a bit. I had to promise her that if she didn't like what I did to her bathroom, then I would change it back. Five year olds I tell ya! There was no way that bathroom was going to go back to the pink box, so I had to make this the cutest bathroom a 5 year old has ever seen. Luckily she loved it!
First things first. The before....
And the after....

To start off this transformation, I removed the existing builders grade mirror, white medicine cabinet, and the light fixture. I went with ultra pure white by Valspar in eggshell for the walls. Then I added dark pink vinyl polka dots to the one wall where her mirror was, and her mirror and light fixture were replaced with ones from Lowes.
Her cabinets were white thermofoil ones just like Parker's bathroom, except the white looked more dingy and yellow once the walls were painted, so I decided to make the cabinets pop with a splash of semi gloss pink paint. Of which I still have almost a full gallon because the guy at the counter mixed me the wrong size. Anyone need something painted glossy pink?! The flower knobs were chosen by Madeline.
 I then thought, "hmm, that lavender ceiling doesn't go in here at all." So that turned dark pink as well.
Although the photographs don't show it, the color on the ceiling, the cabinets, and the polka dots are all pretty much the same color. After the paint, came the accessories.
First were these owl prints. I found this cute fabric at the fabric store (can't remember if it was Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabrics), and used spray painted goodwill frames to showcase it. And yes, it needs to be ironed. Sometimes I am too quick to put something up, that I tend to not do it correctly and then forget and a year later it is still sitting there incomplete. Oh well.

I also added two ikea picture frame rails to her wall where the medicine cabinet was (just like in Parker's bathroom). The top shelf has a photo of her from her 4 year old photo shoot, a photo of us in the hospital after she was born, and a piece of potato stamp art she made crafting one day. The bottom shelf holds her little mail box that houses her hair bows and a brush. Next to her sink I have a strip of Boon fake plastic grass with two pink Boon Flowers (made as a drying rack for baby bottles, etc..) that hold her tooth brushes toothpaste, and hair ties. Her soap dispenser and hand towel also match the polka dots and ceiling in the dark pink color.
This space is officially done, the only thing on my eventual to-do list in here is the vanity/sink/counter change similar to Parker's bathroom, and to replace the tile flooring with something a little more modern like gray tile or those wood look porcelain tiles. But for now, it is a heck of a lot cuter than the Pepto pink box.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tissue Paper Pencil Holder...

Say that title three times fast! The moment I saw this unglazed ceramic vase in Target's new Handmade Modern aisle, I knew it was just begging for a fun design and to be turned into a pen and pencil cup for my desk.

To make this triangle pencil cup, I used decoupage medium, a couple tiny pieces of tissue paper cut into triangles, a sponge/paint brush, and an 18Kt Gold leafing pen.

First thing I did was attach the tissue paper to the vase. I coated the back of the tissue with decoupage medium (using the paint brush) and then adhered them to the vase in the position I wanted. I went simple with three triangles, but you could easily cover the entire vase with triangles if you wanted.

Next, I used the gold leafing pen to trace the outline of the triangles across the top. I also gold leafed the top rim for a little extra pop of gold. After that was complete, I used the sponge to cover the entire exterior of the vase with the decoupage medium. Then, let it dry for a bit. Now I have a super cute place to store my pens and pencils at my desk.

Have any other ideas for how I could have decorated this vase? I was thinking a color blocked paint job might look cute too!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

From Luggage Racks to Bar Stools

A year or so ago, I went to the local Habitat ReStore with my mom to scour for diamonds in the rough. The only thing I ended up getting during that trip were two luggage racks that looked a little like the before picture below. They had probably close to 200 of those things for $2 a piece and it seemed that every person walking out of the store had a few under their arm. I'm not sure what anyone else did with theirs, but I had a vision to turn them into an x-bench.

The first thing I did was remove the ribbon straps. They were just stapled on to the bottom of the bench, so I did my best to remove the staple and free the strap. There were a few that were just too difficult to remove, so I used a utility knife to cut as close as possible around the staple to free the strap. Once that was done, I needed to determine what height the finished bench should be. Figuring this out helped me size the top of the soon to be bench. Taking the width measurement and depth measurement, I went to Home Depot to get some MDF board for the cushion bottom. I went with a 3/4" MDF board because I needed it to be strong enough to hold an adult. I had them cut it to size for me in the store.

The next stop was Joann fabrics for some foam padding, batting, and fabric for the cushion portion of the bench. I can't remember the exact height of the foam, but I think it was about 2". I got foam, batting, and fabric to cover the two MDF boards, with a little extra just in case. 

Sorry I don't have pictures of the above steps, but here you can see the MDF panel, foam, and batting laid out and ready to be stapled.

I used my staple gun to staple the batting onto the MDF panel. I did one of the long sides first, then the other long side pulling it taught as I went to ensure a smooth surface. Next came the shorter sides one at a time. To finish the corners, I cut off the excess batting, and then stapled the loose material down. This part doesn't have to be very clean as the fabric will cover it, but you don't want any lumpy batting areas to mess up the final look.

After the batting was fully stapled down, it was time for the exterior fabric. I chose a pretty blue floral home décor weight fabric. You definitely want a heavier duty fabric like a canvas or décor weight so that it can withstand heavy use. I used the same process to attach the fabric, starting with the short side this time. 

When it came time for the corners, I tucked one side of the fabric under the other and stapled it down, then folded the top piece over and stapled it.

Once the fabric cushions were complete, it was time to paint the wood luggage rack frame. I again used spray paint (this time in seaside gloss by Rustoleum). The wood on my luggage rack was raw (unfinished), so there was no need to sand it or use a primer. 

After painting the frames, I felt they needed a little something extra, so I taped off the bottom of the legs and used gold enamel paint to give the bench a dip dyed look.

All that was left after the paint dried was to screw the luggage rack frame to the MDF cushion. I drilled pilot holes first because the wood was thick, then in went the screws and I was done!
I had planned on selling these benches originally, but I just fell in love with them after they were complete, that I couldn't part with them. As far as cost, I think they ended up using about $40 in materials each, but if you use coupons at the fabric store or choose a less expensive fabric, you could definitely cut that cost a bit. And in case you can't find a luggage rack, I saw quite a few on Ebay.

I think they turned out well and they go perfectly at my new kitchen counter.